The Constitution as Symbol and as Instrument

Alvydas Pumputis


Constitution most often is interpreted as a summation of regulations concerning governmental institutions. However, what a constitution reveals about the nature of the political society it came from, cannot be demonstrated by the collection of standards or rules of law only. This is achieved by the contents of a constitution as a symbol.
No contemporary form of law can cover all the information a constitution contains. Thus the role of a constitution as a symbol is expressed.
It is very important to perceive a constitution as a symbol and as an instrument. Those features of a constitution complement each other but sometimes they contradict.

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